Raising children is not easy. When you pass the infant stage, some believe you're free from most trails and tribulations. But then, you come into the toddler stage. The stage where stubbornness forms, and the ability to communicate in other ways besides crying.
Toddlers may often throw tantrums. They may also yell, scream, or disagree with any of your delegations; especially if you're an authoritative figure. The bright side of this matter is this reaction informs the parent what the child feels comfortable with. So, comfort is the bright side. What's not so bright is when you're both in the moment and you don't know where it will go. So, we have compiled a list that may resonate with you, the reader. Here are 10 rules toddlers often rebel against, just in case you want to avoid them for future scenarios.
10 WASHING THEIR HANDS
Some young children are more sensitive to certain textures and temperatures than others. Washing hands could simply be a sensation that the young ones do not enjoy. Or, they could simply be testing their power by denying a rule that has been instilled in the home.
Sometimes, we give up. If they did not wipe, well then, allow them to go. But, if we keep that habit alive, it will be harder to teach them in the long run. So, though the toddler will likely say no when you demand they wash their hands, try and sing a song or use fun soap to encourage their involvement.
9 FINISHING DINNER
Often, the child may simply be full. At other times, the child could be seeing how far they can go by controlling one thing they feel they can- how much they eat. It's hard to manipulate your child to eat when they're not interested.
It is incredibly frustrating when you feel like you have to make multiple dinners for multiple family members when they won't eat the initial meal that has been prepared. But, this is something a toddler will often rebel against. Don't be surprised if the meal ends up on the floor, either.
8 GOING TO BED
Bedtime can be a big deal when you're handling a toddler. One moment, bedtime can be a breeze. Suddenly, a regression or new-found attitude can hit like a ton of bricks. Bedtime may involve screaming, refusing to stay in bed or refusing to put toys away.
Especially when it's the time you transition your child from their crib to their bed, this can encourage a rebellious nature. Change can go smoothly, but if your child is used to a certain way, especially when they're tired, they can act out in ways they hadn't before.
7 TAKING A NAP
The toddler stage can be tricky. Often, they're either naturally weaning out of their nap or need it more than ever. But, they're now smarter than ever before. They know what they will miss if they nap.
Don't be surprised if their nap time becomes more difficult than before. Toddlers like to try and take control of situations they think they can. So, they will test their limits and do what they can to do what they want. Especially when it comes to nap time.
At times, your toddler may want to do the opposite of what you say. When they hear "no" they may think, "yes!" So, it's important to recognize the patterns and realize when you say, "slow down!" they may just do the opposite. Be prepared.
Encourage more ethereal energy and know when there's an opportunity for them to escape your sight. Instead of screaming "stop running," perhaps you could say, "why don't we stomp our feet in a straight line together?" to promote a more playful nature.
Toddlers are testing their limits. They will do their very best to see how far they can go. Don't be surprised if either your child is a pusher or you come in contact with one. They are learning their physical strength as little humans.
They also do not fully understand what is socially acceptable, including being too rough with another friend or sibling. Practice makes perfect and they will understand that pushing is not acceptable. Just keep reminding them, of course.
4 LESS SCREEN TIME
Again, it's very hard to say "no" to a child. Especially when they are testing your limits. So, when they are at the ready age to independently grab the remote or cellphone, you're in trouble!
Having a limit on screen time is just an invitation for a toddler to rebel against this rule. They will often do their very best to squeeze in an extra episode, another selfie, or another tablet game. So, don't be surprised if a steady flow of tears begin to fall down their faces when you turn their show off.
3 LEAVING A FUN EXPERIENCE
It's very hard to tear your child away from an experience that they're enjoying. It's also hard to avoid these scenarios, and it's actually quite important not to. Children must understand when it's time to leave a situation, good or bad. So, it's ok if they try and rebel when their parents say it's time to go.
It's just important to address the situation as calmly as possible. It's hard to consider how strong-willed toddlers can truly be, but it's also important to not dismiss their feelings.
2 CHANGING THEIR MINDS
They're toddlers - they will change their minds. It could be towards the clothes they are wearing, the food they are eating, or the friends they're playing with. Toddlers are experiencing so many emotions and are trying to decide which ones are worth focusing on.
It's hard, as an adult, to understand how much these little humans are taking in at every second of every day. So, make sure you are patient, understanding, and encouraging.
1 USING THE WASHROOM
Potty training can produce some of the most challenging days. We have to admit, though the children may experience regressions when it comes to potty training, some may just rebel for the heck of it.
Look out for any discernible patterns that may indicate the cause of these acts of rebellion. Children like to test, especially when they're not getting a lot of attention. Try and keep an eye out for regression and a rebellious nature when it comes to using the washroom and potty training.